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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Islanders Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: a rematch with Barry Trotz’s Isles, a look at how the Caps have played so far this season, a bit of prospect news and more.

NHL: New York Islanders at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • The Capitals are seven games into the season, and three of those have been without four of their best players — see how that might have affected the Caps’ gameplay in the first Vibe Check of the season. [Rink]
  • Washington’s lineup has looked a bit...unfamiliar as of late but they keep grabbing points, so let’s get some perspective on how impressive that is. [Rink]
  • Previews for tonight’s rematch against the Islanders from Vogs and Peerless, and don’t forget to check in with our SB Nation pals over at Lighthouse Hockey for coverage from behind enemy lines!
  • A few leftover musings from Tuesday’s game against the Isles from Vogs, RMNB, and S+S.
  • Zdeno Chara will share the ice with the Bruins on Saturday for the first time since signing with the Caps, but right now all Big Z is focused on is helping his new team. [NHL]
  • The Hershey Bears have a new captain: Matt Moulson. Congratulations, Matt! [Bears, NoVa Caps]
  • Vitek Vanecek has gotten off to a great start this season, and it bears a striking resemblance to another Caps’ rookie goaltender. [NBCSW]
  • In divisional news, now-former Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford announced his retirement yesterday. [NHL]
  • Washington’s reworked defense seems to have a bit more of an offense-driven mindset this season, and it is certainly working in the team’s favor. [NBCSW]
  • Caps’ prospect Damien Riat was recalled by the Capitals yesterday, and he will be reporting to Hershey for the start of the AHL season. [NoVa Caps]
  • Speaking of prospects, Washington has some excellent young skaters in their system. [Puck Prose]
  • Another way COVID is affecting the NHL: team owners are adjusting to a season without spending any time with their teams in person. [TSN]
  • Day Five of the NWHL bubble in Lake Placid is in the books, and it was another thrilling one. [Sportsnet]
  • Happy 72nd birthday to Jack Egers and happy 55th birthday to Michal Pivonka!

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